What is the lump on my hand?
July 25th, 2016 by LOC Team
Any odd bump or lump on your hand or your wrist is considered, medically, a tumour. Now, there is no need to panic at the sight of the word ‘tumour’ as it is just the medical name for a lump, it does not necessarily mean that your lump is a form of cancer. Most lumps or bumps on your hand are completely benign.
These lumps and bumps can form just about anywhere on the body but today we are going to focus on the hand. They can occur on your skin, underneath it or even on the bone. As there are so many different tissue types on the hand, it would be almost impossible to tell you about each form of lump and bump that can develop so instead, we are going to give you a brief run down of the most common types.
The most common types of lumps on your hand
A ganglion cyst is perhaps the most common type of lump on your hand or wrist. This type of cyst forms around tendons and joints. It usually appears on the back of your wrist and is made up of a jelly-like liquid, this makes it feel smooth and soft. It is not clear why ganglion cysts form, however, they have been related to injury to the tendon or joint and also ageing in the past. If the cyst isn’t causing you any pain or discomfort then it will most likely be left alone, it will most likely clear up by itself, without the need for treatment. If the problem persists however, you may need to have it removed.
The other common type of lump on your hand is a wart. These develop on any area of your hand and are caused by an infection. Although they are very contagious, they are pretty harmless and usually clear up by themselves without the need for treatment.
If you do have a lump or bump on your hand then the best thing we can recommend is to go to your local GP. They will be able to assess the lump and then give you advice for further action to take. It may well be nothing to worry about at all and it might well clear up on its own but if you are worried, get it seen and dealt with.
We hope that this article has helped you understand the lump on your hand a little more. We completely realise that the word tumour is scary, however, it is a word to get used to if you have a lump on your hand, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer but it’s the common word used in the medical world to describe a lump or bump on your hand or wrist. If you found this article helpful, please take a look at the other articles on our blog as they might be of use to you as well.
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